Healthy Communities in New Jersey

Advancing upstream solutions that protect people from toxic harm by reducing and preventing pollution at its source. Replacing consumer, cleaning and pest control products with safer alternatives. Replacing single-use disposables like plastic and Styrofoam with reusables.

The Wrong Directon on Single-Use Disposable Plastics: The Legislature Should Reject S2600 and A3267

“Just as recycling became a paradigm shift 30 years ago, reusables can become the new normal.”

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Rethink Disposable in New Jersey

Clean Water is taking-on single use products: from shopping bags, to food and beverage packaging, to plastic water bottles, our goal is to minimize the use of single use products. 

Pesticide application sign, field of dandelions

Healthy Schools, Healthy Towns

Clean Water Action is working in New Jersey to reduce toxic chemicals found in everyday consumer products.

Photo: Suzanne Tucker,

Pesticide Free Zones

Pesticides are toxic substances and can harm children and pets, and get into our waterways.

From We All Live Downstream

Maura Toomey_New Jersey_Photo by Eric Benson
December 5, 2017

I'm so excited to start a new position as the new North Jersey organizer for Clean Water Action’s Rethink Disposable program. I want to mention that I’m a canvasser too. If you live in North Jersey, we may have met at your front door! While I’m canvassing and talking to people all over the state about environmental issues in New Jersey, I love the fact that no matter where I go everyone cares about the environment and tries to do their part in protecting it.

Photo: Beverly Lloyd-Roberts,
March 16, 2016

It is once again early spring – when some homeowners start obsessing over their lawns and apply pounds of toxic chemicals in their quest for a lawn that looks like a lush green carpet. But what’s hiding underneath all that “perfect” green?

June 15, 2015

By Alessandro Ciari, former community organizer with Clean Water Action and student, Montclair State University